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11-year-old makes book donation to Alton Memorial Hospital
Claire Dorsey, 11, of Moro (center), donated more than 50 Children’s Scholastic Christmas books to Alton Memorial Hospital’s speech therapists recently. Claire, a sixth grader at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Bethalto, used the money donated to her by family and friends after performing in a school production to buy the books. Accepting the books are Debbie Turpin, vice president of Patient Care at AMH; Laura Bastin, speech therapist; Jo Ellen Corona, speech therapist; Sue Walker, manager of the AMH Human Motion Institute; Rusty Ingram, director of Business Development at AMH; and Ken Balsters, a member of the AMH board of directors and a friend of the Dorsey family. Claire made a similar donation last year, and the books were used not only in AMH speech therapy, but also in the ER and some were donated to area agencies serving developmentally disabled children.
Leclaire Elementary School wins Metro East 'Got Spirit' video contest
The "Get to know m.e.” campaign has announced Leclaire Elementary School of Edwardsville as the winner of its Metro East “Got Spirit” Award Video Contest. On Friday, Dec. 16, Fred Bird, mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals, arrived at the school to present students and faculty with a $5,000 grand prize. Dr. Cornelia Smith, principal, said, “It was more fun than we could have imagined and it provided a great opportunity for our school family to work together on an amazing project.” The staff and students have some ideas as to how to best use the money. Some of the initiatives include additional playground equipment, technology and the Leclaire Loves fund, which is a fund used to help families experiencing unexpected tragedies. The video contest was a creative way for schools to show how much school spirit they have. The contest received at least 26 video submissions from elementary and high schools all throughout the Metro East. “Get to know m.e.” was created to bring the Metro East communities together, embracing the people who live and work here and the many attractions to be enjoyed. To view the video, go to http://www.get2knowthemetroeast.com/.
College plans solar-themed 2017 Summer Garden Show
GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College recently announced “Solar Flair” as the theme for its fifth annual themed summer garden show, to coincide with a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
For the first time, the garden show experience will include a curated art exhibition by Michiko Itatani, which will be free and open to the public from Aug. 22 to Sept. 22.
Solar Flair will be a celebration of light, energy, lunar cycles and how plants connect with the cosmos. The show aims to connect people with plants as part of the educational continuum of Lewis and Clark.
The Monticello Sculpture Gardens, dedicated in spring 2012, represent the college’s efforts to preserve the beauty of its historic Godfrey campus, which once was home to Monticello College (1838-1970), a school for women.
The Monticello Sculpture Gardens are a Signature Garden site of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and a botanical garden in their own right.
Beiser hosts supplies and toy drive for Alton Salvation Army
ALTON – State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is holding a Winter Supplies and Toy Drive for the Alton Salvation Army through Thursday, Dec. 29. Donations can be brought to Beiser’s constituent service office at 528 Henry St. in Alton, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“Donations brought to my constituent service office will be taken directly to the Salvation Army here in Alton to benefit families in need in our surrounding communities,” said Beiser. “During this time of year, the Salvation Army is in extra need of nonperishable food items, toys and winter clothing items.”
The Salvation Army accepts donations of all nonperishable food items, but has special need for the following items: canned meat and fish, canned fruits and vegetables, canned ravioli and other pasta, soup, spaghetti sauce, cereal, oatmeal, egg noodles, rice and prepackaged dinners.
Donations of the following items are also appreciated: laundry detergent, soap, shampoo and conditioner, tooth paste, deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, household cleaners, garbage bags and diapers.
Hats, gloves, scarves and coats, as well as new children’s clothing and new toys, are also being accepted.